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. president obama winning the presidential election and therefore a second term in office. president obama defeats mitt romney by more than 2 million votes capturing the vote of half the country. far exceeding the required 270 electoral votes earning 306. obama took to the stage and talked to not excited crowd around 1:00 a.m. >> many people in our area celebrating the president's victory. that was the scene outside the white house late last night. people cheering four more years and waving the flag. it was a cause for celebration for many. melanie is live with a recap of the president's victory. >> good morning. it may have come down to a gut feeling in the voting booth. most voters really felt that president obama was more in touch with people like themselves and that's where the tossup states the president was able to hang on to most of them. that includes virginia. it was a nail biter of the night but 51% of voters chose obama over 48% for romney. results there came in later than expected because some people were still in line to vote. the win for president obama in maryland as well wh
in chicago president barack obama stepped on stage to deliver a victory speech to thousands of his most faithful supporters. >> i so wish i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction but the nation chose another leader. ann and i join with you to pray for him and for this great nation. >> and it was just before 1:00 a.m. when mitt romney conceded the race after he made a call to the president. a breakdown of how the race played out across the nation and in northern virginia. >> voters approve same sex marriage in the national harbor. the sight of a new casino. fox 5 morning news at 7:00 starts right now. >> this is fox 5 morning news. >> those were celebrations outside the white house early this morning. rushed to the white house just as they did in 2008. waved flags and honked horns. good morning. i'm tony perkins. >> and i'm allison seymour. before we get to the news, we have a quick note to pass along to high school students. coolage is closed today. there is no heat in the building. >> all the election coverage in just a moment. let's get a che
is a pro romney ad talking about romney will do more for the auto industry and accused president obama of shipping thousands of jobs to china. let's take a look. >> who will do more for the auto industry? not barack obama. his attacks on mitt romney are false. the truth? mitt romney has a plan to help the auto industry. he's supported by the detroit news. obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy. >> before i get you to comment on it. i'm going to go to the obama ad. it is a response to this ad. obama ad called collapsed. it's a rebutle to this ad. >> when the auto industry faced collapse, mitt romney turned his back. even the conservative detroit news criticized romney for wrongheadedness on the bailout. and now, after romney's false claim of jeep out sourcing to china. >> here's what i want to know. i don't know the answer. and this is a good example. one of them's got to be wrong. who is wrong? >> well , the romney ad is technically true but misleading. one of the things he claims, it goes on to say that chrysler is going to increase production of jeeps in china. and turns out they
is keeping busy, after the concert, he's setting his eyes on the campaign trail with barack obama. he'll join the president in madison, wisconsin monday, where he'll perform. then, the pair will travel to columbus, ohio, where they'll meet up with jz for an event. >>> employers added 171,000 jobs last month. however, that's not enough to keep pace with the growing economy and the unemployment rate actually went up to 7.9%. >> the unemployment report comes as the presidential candidates are in their final push before election day. wisdom martin is back in studio with more on today's events. >> always a lot of things going on as we get down to the last couple days before we decide who will be president of the united states. allison and tony, first, the president is coming to our area and will be appearing in manassas. dave matthews, the singer, will be there. today, mitt romney starts in wisconsin and both the president and romney both make appearances in the state of ohio. romney has two stops and the president has three. now, he's trying to make up for the lull in campaigning because of the s
got four inches of snow. >> the election is over but president obama now has a number of pressing issues on his plate. the most immediate is confronting the so-called fiscal cliff. >> if the president in congress cannot fix it, experts say we will be headed for another recession. has to do with the bush era tax cuts. $440 billion worth. john boehner says he is open with putting politics aside and making a deal with the president. they have until january 1st from preventing the economy from going over that cliff. another issue for the president is appointing a new secretary of state. clinton is not expected to return but may stay a few weeks after the president is sworn in again. >> election officials in virginia are considering changes after long lines force some to wait for hours to cast their ballot. the commonwealth is considering switching from the touch screen mondays to optical scans. turn out was less than in 2004 or 2008. there were complaints about long lines and registration issues. now investigating the voting problems there. >> other top stories, gabby giffords will me
obama is off to an early lead. >> election day votng now underway in some places. two polling stations opened. president obama received 23 votes. mitt romney got 9. in dixville we have a tie. >> i voted for obama. and also voted for obama in 2008. i still believe he is the best chance of the nation making the recovery in as fast time as possible. >> president obama campaigning as a candidate for the last time ever in des moines. >> i've come back to iowa one more time to ask for your vote. >> the president urged iowa voters to finish what they started when they handed him a win in the 2008 primary. >> you said yes we can and we did. >> mitt romney wrapped up his election in new hampshire. >> your vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination. your vote and work will help me become the next president of the united states. >> taking one last shot at undecided voters. romney will campaign today in ohio and pen en. >> the president will spend electi day in chicago. >> president obama will do media interviews today. if there's time he'll fit in a basketball game with friends. nic
the election and president obama and mitt romney appear to be in a dead heat. a new abc news poll has both candidates tied at 48%. nbc news has the president leading by 1 point. it will be another hectic day on the campaign trail for both candidates. the president will try to shore up with three stops in battleground states. >> mitt romney will hit four states. following the final push of the presidential election. she's in studio. >> just makes you tired. the pace of the last couple days. it is not over yet . president obama will spend monday in wisconsin, ohio and iowa. >> sleep is now a luxury for both of these guys. president obama attending a late night rally in colorado. >> i know a bunch of you already voted. but if you haven't, there's still time. >> and all those early voters, perhaps 30 million could be the wild card this time around. plenty of other questions though. will mitt romney's momentum carry the day? sway any undecides or sandy hit a reset button on a race that remains within a margin of error? >> these are like nailing jell-o to the tree. see polls be different in each
assistance. but everyone knows this is one small step on a long road to recovery. >> president obama spent part of the day wednesday getting a firsthand look at new jersey areas ravaged by the storm. the state has 127 miles of shore line. most of it left in shambles. >> it's caused a lot of devastation. a lot of people are going to be out of work. there's going to be a lot of work. it was bad. it was real bad. >> the president, the governor and other officials assessed the damage. assured the state of the government's support. >> what i can promise you is the federal government will be working closely as possible and we will not quit until this is done. >> the state has several coastal areas that fuel $35 billion tourism industry. board walk inside ruins. the damage striking a cripple blow to the state's economy. >> all the fun time pier, nothing is left. all the rides are torn down, everything. >> the damage is minor compared to the things that are irreplaceable. >> if you look to your right, to your left, those are the things that can't be replaced. >> we did see ghosts and goblins inlan
of the race, the candidates are back on the campaign trail today. president obama has three stops in the battleground state of ohio. and tomorrow the president comes back to virginia on stage in manassas with bill clinton and rocker dave matthews. yesterday mr. obama picked up the endorsement of new york he campaigned in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. >>> meanwhile, republican nominee mitt romney starts the day with a campaign rally in wisconsin, and then heads to ohio for two more campaign events. he'll join his wife ann and running mate paul ryan in ohio. >>> in 90 minutes. the labor department will release the october unemployment report. economists say about 121,000 jobs were added. it would likely raise the rate slightly from 7.8% to 7.9% last month. >>> kwame brown could serve just six days when prison when sentenced november 13th. that's the recommendation prosecutors released yesterday. the former d.c. council chairman pleaded guilty in june to corruption charges. prosecutors admit his crime was serious but say brown deserves credit for accepting responsibility and cooper
the voters will decide. president obama is in his home city of chicago. a number of interviews throughout the day. joe biden voted in his home state in delaware at around 7:00 this morning and heading to chicago to be with the president. >> mitt romney voted in his home state of massachusetts and travel to cleveland and pittsburgh for rallies. and wrap things up for new hampshire. paul ryan votes this morning and make campaign stops in cleveland. both men will watch election results from boston. that is where we find tara wall. she joins us live this morning. good to see you this morning. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> we want to know what that mood is like in these final hours now. really now that it's up to the voters. what's it like on the inside of governor romney's campaign? >> pretty exciting and as you can see behind me , a lot of busyness going on. we have a great operation behind us in addition to the ground game we've had in virginia. a lot of folks on the ground getting out to vote. we had just over 600,000 over this weekend alone. 5.5 million contacts overall. behin
. president obama continues to defend his actions in the wake of the consulate attack on libya. >> he is blasting top republican leaders for taking aim for her response. melanie is live with the latest in all of this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. ambassador rice's comments aren't the only controversy. because of resignation on friday, general david patraeus can testify today before the house and senate intelligence committee. he has made a deal to testify privately tomorrow. it's not clear congress will get all of the answers it is seeking in the september 11th attacks on the benghazi consulate. >> president obama walked into this press conference a day before congress is about to expand investigations on september 11th that killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador and defended his actions. >> my orders to my team is do whatever we need to do to make sure they are safe. >> but the time line of events is still not clear and several republicans are calling for water gate style hearings. >> i'm telling you right now if we don't have a committee we're going to fail
in congress will start looking into the attack that happened in september. president obama addressed the on going controversy. four americans were killed including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. several republicans are calling for a water gate style hearing and much of the anger has focused on susan rice. the u.s. ambassador for the united nations. >> for them to go after the un ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and to smerch her reputation is outrageous. >> the american people deserve the facts. the american people need to know why was the security so inadequate despite two previous attacks on that facility. what did the president know? when did he know it and what did he do about it? >> ambassador rice's remarks will not affect nomination as secretary of state. >> also former cia director david patraeus will testify at a closed door hearing on the libra attack tomorrow. there will be no cameras allowed. only about libya and not about the sex scandal involving paula b he expects the patraeus resigna
president obama and mitt romney tied at 48%. and nbc news wall street journal poll has the president leading by 1 point. the presidential and vice presidential candidate will make a final push to get out the vote today. >> for the most part, they are traveling to several of much needed battleground states. that does include virginia. melanie is back with the latest now from the campaign trail. >> and not much time to sleep and already they are off and running this morning. mitt romney's first seent about to start in orlando, florida. live look from the scene there. you see jeff bush there in the background. getting ready to rally the crowd. and michelle obama will be appearing in orlando later today. by the end of the day, done all they can do and might be a brief moment of pause. before then, it is a mad dash to the finish line which includes five stops in virginia and four stops in ohio in just 48 hours. the vice presidential candidates are doing their part. joe biden and his wife have two stops planned in virginia today including a visit to sterling. joined by singer john melencamp. >>> t
. >> just days after patraeus resigned, the washington post is saying president obama wants john brenan to take his place. the post is reporting that the president wants senator john kerry to serve as the defense secretary despite his desire to serve as secretary of state. insiders say that position would likely go to u.s. ambassador susan rice. >>> law makers are returning to capitol hill after the election season break. and they have a full plate of unfinished business. the biggest challenge is avoiding the double hit to the economy of tax increases and automatic spending cuts. besides avoiding the fiscal cliff, they have a half dozen hearings on the resignation of david patraeus. and the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> happening now, the murder trial of a buoy state university student. opening statements set to begin in a half hour. alexis simpson is accused of killing her roommate. killed her last year after the two argued over music played on an i pod. if convicted, she faces life in prison without parole. >>> another case we're following former dc council chairman kwame
the federal government, the washington area will certainly feel the pain. president obama will emerge today for his first remarks since election night, and he will no doubt talk about congress and the looming fiscal cliff. when taxes go up, government spending goes down at the end of the year. the president's former chief economic advisor paints a grim picture. >> the election is over. if you go off the fiscal cliff, the economy goes into recession the beginning of 2013. this is not a small matter. i think we have to address it. >> reporter: it will come down to these two men. the president expected to draw a line in the sand insisting on a massive tax hike for wealthy americans and republican house speaker john boehner now open to raising taxes in other ways. but he told abc news that tax rates should remain where they are. >> on the table, but through reforming our tax code. and i would do that if the president were serious about solving our spending problem, and trying to secure our entitlement program. >> reporter: most economists agree that reforming entitlement programs like medicare,
source. >> thank you very much. meanwhile, president obama is focusing on that fiscal cliff. he's inviting labor leaders to the white house tomorrow and wednesday he will meet with the business community. following his re-election he wanted to build a consensus to prevent the tax hikes and spending cuts. the kick in the fiscal congress budget does not do anything to stop him. >> president obama paying tribute at a veteran's day ceremony at arlington national ceremony. the wreath he laid at at the tomb. >> veteran's day was yesterday but being observed today. >> over at the vietnam memorial, a special event marked the 30th anniversary of the dedication and 50th anniversary of the beginning of the vietnam war. 4 million visitors every year. >> and at the world war ii memorial, they are dwindling since the war ended. since it fell on a sunday, federal workers have today off and the post office is closed. >> new this morning, more than 75 firefighters were called to a maryland home after flames brach out after 1:00 a.m. the fire department says two adults and one child were inside b
fox 5 on time traffic. >> all right. thank you very much. in today's top story, president obama has his first full press conference in more than 8 months later this afternoon. and it comes as the president's plate is filling up quickly. >> the president put press conferences on hold during the election but since then we've seen issue after issue crop up. not the least of which is this scandal involving the now former cia director david patraeus and also one of the nation's top generals. >>> the president will have to do something of a juggling act when he scares off. for starters his high profile cia director is gone because of a sex scandal. and john allen is under investigation for e-mails he sent to a patraeus family friend. he got backing from his immediate boss. >> no one should leap to conclusions. general allen is doing an excellent job in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence. >> one prominent conservative is questioning the conduct of the fbi in both cases. >> let me begin with general allen who is smeared by an investigation who got out of control.
hill where a fiscal cliff is on the horizon. >> president obama has won another four years but does he have the mandate? house republicans also won on tuesday. with the fiscal cliff approaching at the end of the year, the fundamentals haven't really changed. the first family about to settle in for another term. won't be much time to celebrate. the fiscal cliff is approaching just down the street and the government could start hemorrhaging cash at the end of the year. >> the fiscal year is $200 billion of spending cuts. going over the full cliff is a recipe. there's no question about it. >> after tuesday does the president have the mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy? something he has pushed for years. >> this is the message american people sent from all over. and that is they are tired of these partisan gridlocks. >> point to the impact higher taxes would have on hiring. but house speaker john boehner is shown a willingness to raise revenue if it involves simplifying the tax system. not just raising rates. >> for the purposes of bipartisan agreement, we're willing to accept new reven
will learn more about jill kelley coming up at 9:30 this morning. >> president obama is giving first full press conference in more than 8 months later this afternoon. and the patraeus resignation is expected to dominate the questions from reporters. other issues include the attack on the embassy in benghazi that led to the assassination. and the fiscal cliff if the white house and congress cannot agree. the economy will surely go back into recession. >> we'll also find out if nancy pelosi is going to stay on as minority leader. came leader ten years ago today. last week democrats failed to win enough seats to take back the house. she says she'll make the announcement about hers morning. >> and happening now on capitol hill, massachusetts congressman is holding a news conference on the meningitis out break. calling for tougher regulations for compounding pharmacies. a house subcommittee will hold a hearing on whether the out break could be prevented. 32 have died after receiving tainted steroid shots. >> also happening now, the call for another tobacco tax increase. holding a news conferen
and democrats warning republicans not to jump to conclusions. >> barack obama was no more responsible for what happened in benghazi than george bush was for september 11th. >> what is clear is this administration, including the president himself, has intentionally misinformed, read that lied, to the american people in the aftermath of this tragedy. >> that exchange coming from a even open hearing on the hill, three days after the attack on 9/11, petraeus testified the attack was sparked by a flash mob. lawmakers want to know if he knew at the time he was being investigated by the fbi. much of the focus on the fallout has been on susan rice, who said early on it appeared to be the work of protestors, not terrorists, as it now appears. secretary of state hillary clinton is also expected to testify after an internal review is complete. that may happen next month. allison? >> sarah, thank you so much. >>> the looming fiscal cliff takes center stage at the white house today. president obama is meeting with the leaders of both parties from the house and senate this morning to start negotiations on a
of it. >> sarah, thank you very much. >>> president obama's second term hasn't started yet, but we are already hearing about some people who may not stick around for it. >> yes. among them, secretary of state hillary clinton, defense secretary, panetta and treasury secretary. ♪ ...and in the tiniest details. ♪ and sometimes both. nature valley granola thins pack the big taste of granola and dark chocolate into one perfect square, under 100 calories. nature valley granola thins. nature at its most delicious. >>> welcome back. 914 #. now that the election is over, president obama has to get down to business. one of the things on the top of his agenda, securing his cabinet positions. steven dennis joins us to talk about that and more. thanks for coming in. we survived the election season. now a lot of challenges. for the president, he's got to figure out who is going to be in his cabinet and who is not. several people likely on the way out. we should point out this is normal for a second term. >> absolutely. i think those in the biggest jobs, these jobs chew people up. they take u
forecast. back to you up stairs. >> president obama honoring the nation's veterans at a solemn sermony at the tomb of the unknown. no ceremony, no parade is enough to honor the service of our men and women in uniform. >> and on the anniversary of the vietnam war, there was a special anniversary of the vietnam. >> the soldier's statue, the vietnam women's memorial and the wall with 58,000 names on tchlt the most popular ataxowith 4 million visiting each year. >>> and the recent edition, a ceremony honoring the aging world war ii vets. officially veteran's day was yesterday but is being observed today. so no post office and government workers have to work today. >>> following our big story this morning, information continues to come forward between excia director david patraeus. >> he resigned on friday after he admitted to the affair. now congress wants answers. melanie is here with the latest on this resignation. >> heart breaking and tragic are some of the words congress people are using to describe this. although, it is involving respected military leaders and they say they were blin
. >>> the looming fiscal cliff takes center stage at the white house today. president obama will meet with leaders of both parties from the house and the senate this morning to start talks on avoiding those automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts. then this afternoon the president will sit down with the heads of 13 civil rights groups to get their input on a negotiation. tony? >>> we are on traffic watch in virginia this morning, where the 495 express lanes are set to open. today is the big day, and fox 5's sherri ly is live in tysons corner with a preview. sherri? >> reporter: tony, everyone knows the beltway is notorious for its gridlock. but that ride is about to become smoother either late tonight or early tomorrow morning, the express lanes here will open up. come monday when it's bumper-to- bumper on the beltway, the express lanes should keep drivers who pay moving. the $2 billion project stretches 14 miles from springfield to the american legion bridge, with exits and entrances along the way. prices will be based on congestion and how fa
and spending cuts will kick in. president obama and vice president biden will find a balanced approach to reduce the federal deficit. >>> and now to a news alert out of the district. former dc council chair qualmie brown will be sentenced on bank charges. >> also campaign violation charges which he will be sentenced for this afternoon. melanie is live outside the u.s. district court now with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we all know brown was a rising political star. in 2004 he became the first person living east to win a city council seat. he rose in power taking the council chairman step in 2010 at the age of 40. federal prosecutors say after today, he will have no political office and be unemployed. he pleaded guilty in june. false information on bank loan applications. one of the loans was for 39 foot boat. also forged the signature of a friend to overstate his income by tens of thousands of dollars. the other charges go back to an audit. 2008 re-election campaign kwauled to report more than $400,000 in expenditures and $239,000 wound up in the hands of a co
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